In the previous weeks of the blog, we progressed from designing an effective warm up in different team settings, to designing an entire practice plan for several team settings... So now it would only be right to design an entire week's practice plan. From over a dozen years in college baseball at the D1 & D2 levels, here's what we've...

Every coach knows the struggle of figuring out how to get everything done in the limited amount of time they have with their players. The NCAA sets mandates in amount of off days a week, let alone the total hours a team can spend together in practice each week. Highschool athletes have class from 8:30 - 3:30, and you can...

Last week we talked about how a good warm up can increase performance, and the risks associated with not warming up properly. If you missed it, click here to check it out.

Anyone who has ever stepped foot onto a field, court, or into a gym has had a lowly voice in the back of their head saying "Yeah, I should probably warm up before I start today." And that's a good thing! Where it starts to get a little shaky however, is what ensues next. What usually follows? Five...

This is the final section in the series "Force- Velocity Curve and its Applications". In this section we will cover the last section of the force velocity curve speed. Speed, much like strength is a single variable block, however rather than producing the most force possible athletes are measured how fast they can move their bodyweight. Transfer of...

This week we will be covering the speed- strength portion of the force- velocity curve. This is yet again another hybrid type section, as with the strength- speed section. Speed- strength is defined as moving light loads at a high rate of speed. While athletes are still moving weight, the emphasis is on speed, hence speed- strength. Loading in...

This week we will be covering the power section on the force- velocity curve. Power is the next step down after strength- speed which we covered last week. The power section is where the product of force and velocity are maximized. The equation for power is force times velocity. The power section is where the two variables are maximized....

The next step on the force- velocity curve after maximum strength, is strength- speed. Strength speed is a hybrid type area on the curve. Meaning that it blends the two variables that define the curve, force and velocity. Strength- speed is the maximum amount of force an athlete can produce at a high rate of speed. This usually occurs with...

The first section on the force- velocity curve is the maximum strength section. The max strength section occurs when an athlete is training above 90% of his or her 1RM. There has also been research that shows that when an athlete is training above 80% of their 1RM that they are training maximum strength qualities. However, this could be...